Great white sharks are a somewhat common occurrence in the ocean and on coastlines across the world. But even though many countries are used to seeing them on a fairly regular basis, it doesn’t make them any less dangerous when they show up in large numbers.
And right now, Southern California is seeing a scary amount of these predators swimming around in very populated areas.
A coast guard helicopter off the coast of Capistrano Beach in Orange County had to warn paddleboarders that 15 great white sharks were spotted swimming near them. Later in the day, another group of sharks was spotted off the coast of Long Beach, putting the total number of sharks seen up to 25.
“You are paddleboarding next to approximately 15 great white sharks,” Orange County Sheriff Deputy Brian Stockbridge said from the megaphone of the helicopter. “Lifeguards are advising that you exit the water in a calm manner. The sharks are as close as the surfline.”
That would be quite the message to hear from a helicopter flying overhead while you were just trying to enjoy a day paddling on the ocean!
Check out the footage from the coast guard helicopter below.
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